Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is expected to miss his fourth consecutive game with back spasms. That means the slugger will miss the series finale against the Chicago White Sox and will not be able to help his team record the split.
Bautista has also been dealing with an ear infection, but his bad back is what will cause him to miss his seventh game of the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Considering the Blue Jays have only played 15 contests so far this year, it is certainly not comforting to see Bautista miss about half of them.
“It’s happened to me the last two nights, where I leave here and I feel like I’m going to be good enough the next day to play, and the next day, it’s tight again,” Bautista told BlueJays.com.
The 32-year-old felt tightness in his back against the Kansas City Royals this past weekend. The soreness was obviously too much to overcome on Monday, and Toronto has no idea when Bautista will be able to suit up again. They will have to treat the injury as day-to-day until he finally has a breakthrough.
“You’ve got to wait until it calms down, take your meds, do your treatments, and that’s basically all you can do,” Bautista said, according to BlueJays.com
Considering the Blue Jays are three games under .500 heading into Thursday’s showdown against the White Sox, they will need Bautista’s bat back in the lineup as soon as possible. Heading into the weekend against the New York Yankees on a three-game losing streak would not be an ideal situation without Bautista available to play.
The right-handed batter has posted a .200 batting average with three home runs, six RBI, one double and five runs in 35 at-bats this season.